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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Nov 23, 2009 11:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Our kids and the Dead

I happened upon the Grateful Dead because of my desire to learn about true American culture and history. There was so much left out in US History class... I mean... we barely even got to Vietnam! (this was in early 2000's)

My parents brought me over from the former Soviet Union in 1994 so they didn't know anything about the 60's counterculture movement - except they passed on the Beatles, Eagles, Steve Miller, Elton John, Billy Joel, and others.

So yes, Dhamma, just like you said, I have been using the music to connect with a history of American subculture. The Grateful Dead, as I've realized, utilize music to represent something much deeper than what you hear. It just takes time to peel the layers.

Between the GD, Kesey, Kerouac, Cassady, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Gary Snyder, and others, a more real version of America has been shown to me - they are the link - the manifestation of change.

Okay, back to an assignment on the aeration of a waste water treatment reactor. Gotta love poop.